Canterbury Fishing Report - May 20th, 2022

Winter weather, here we come!

The local weather has been kind over the past two weeks, but noticeably cooler, and looks like things will turn for the worse late this week and into the weekend. Snow to 400m for the Canterbury High Country on Friday is the last report I read!


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To the best of my knowledge, there haven’t been any other bluefin tuna caught in Canterbury since the one off Kaikoura that I mentioned in the last report, but the keen anglers have certainly been out looking! We have been hearing of some fish being seen, but no hookups have been spoken of (well not in store anyway!). The ‘puka are in good numbers off Banks Peninsula, and many customers, as well as team members from the store, have captured a good feed and some by-catch of rays bream too. There is a very evident swing to fishing for these species with jigs and slow jigs. Fishing deep with lures is very effective, and the gear you use makes catching them a lot of fun too.


It is the time of year when the focus is well and truly on the canals for the winter months. No doubt it is cold and will only get colder, so remember to pack all your winter warm gear if you’re heading that way! Having said that, winter fishing can be quite spectacular when you dress well and brave the cold. On top of that, the weather can be spectacular through the winter months – it’s worth the drive just for the views!

It is definitely the time to be drifting eggs, and speaking of eggs, we now have the new Black Magic range in-store alongside our tried-and-true Clear Drift eggs. With the settled weather we can get through this period, please remember to check out the high-country lakes, where concentrating around stream mouths can be very effective with pre-spawning trout often being very aggressive, snapping at most things that get in their way!

We have a very active team of keen anglers in our Fishing Department, so please fire any questions our way and we will point you in the right direction to keep you on the fish. Please check out our Facebook page for more info on what we are up to in Canterbury.


Simon McMillan

75 Clarence St, Addington, Christchurch 8023

P: +64 3 343 0212   

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